Finding Comfort, Peace, and Purpose in John 14:1-14
Introduction: Why is this topic important for teenagers?
As teenagers, you face many challenges, changes, and uncertainties in your lives. High school and middle school are times of self-discovery and growth, but they can also be periods of insecurity and anxiety. Studying John 14:1-14 will help you find comfort, peace, and purpose in your relationship with Jesus, even amidst life’s trials. These verses are a reminder that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and that by having faith in Him, we can navigate through the struggles of adolescence with confidence and hope.
Youth Group Game: Trust Walk
To begin, let’s play a game called “Trust Walk.” This activity will help us understand the importance of trusting in Jesus as our guide and support.
- Divide into pairs, with one person as the “guide” and the other as the “walker.”
- The “walker” will be blindfolded, and their goal is to navigate through a simple obstacle course, relying only on their “guide’s” verbal directions.
- Set up a simple obstacle course using chairs, cones, or other objects.
- Once everyone has completed the course, discuss the following questions as a group:
Discuss the game and prepare for the Bible lesson:
- How did it feel to be the “walker”? What about the “guide”?
- What was difficult about trusting someone else’s guidance?
- How does this activity relate to our faith in Jesus?
Bible Reading: John 14:1-14
Read John 14:1-4 out loud, and encourage students to follow along in their own Bibles or on their devices.
Explanation: Verses 1-4
- Jesus comforts the disciples by telling them not to be troubled.
- He is preparing a place for them in His Father’s house, which has many rooms.
- Jesus promises that He will return to take the disciples with Him.
- He tells them that they know the way to the place He is going.
Discussion Questions: Verses 1-4
- How can we find comfort in Jesus when we face challenges in our lives?
- What does it mean that Jesus is preparing a place for us in His Father’s house?
Bible Reading: John 14:5-7
Read John 14:5-7 out loud, and encourage students to follow along in their own Bibles or on their devices.
Explanation: Verses 5-7
- Thomas asks Jesus how they can know the way to where Jesus is going.
- Jesus responds that He is the way, the truth, and the life.
- No one can come to the Father except through Jesus.
- Knowing Jesus means knowing the Father.
Discussion Questions: Verses 5-7
- How do you understand Jesus’ statement that He is the way, the truth, and the life?
- Why is it important to know that Jesus is the only way to the Father?
Bible Reading: John 14:8-14
Read John 14:8-14 out loud, and encourage students to follow along in their own Bibles or on their devices.
Explanation: Verses 8-14
- Philip asks Jesus to show them the Father.
- Jesus tells Philip that seeing Him is the same as seeing the Father.
- He explains that He is in the Father and the Father is in Him.
- Jesus promises that those who believe in Him will do even greater works than He has done.
- He emphasizes the power of faith and prayer, stating that anything asked in His name will be done.
Discussion Questions: Verses 8-14
- How does our relationship with Jesus help us know God better?
- What does Jesus promise about the power of faith and prayer in these verses? How can this encourage us in our walk with God?
Application: Trusting Jesus in Our Lives
Now that we’ve discussed John 14:1-14, let’s think about how we can apply these teachings to our own lives. Encourage students to share practical ways they can trust Jesus as their way, their truth, and their life.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the opportunity to gather and study your Word. We are grateful for the comfort and peace that Jesus offers us, especially as we navigate the challenges of our teenage years. Help us to trust in Jesus as our way, our truth, and our life